12 March 2020, The Tablet

Greta Thunberg's family sends an angry message to the world


Greta Thunberg's family sends an angry message to the world

Greta Thunberg and her mother Malena Ernman
Photo: PA/SvD/TT News Agency, Malin Hoelstad

 

Our House is on Fire
MALENA & BEATA ERNMAN, SVANTE & GRETA THUNBERG
(ALLEN LANE, 288 PP, £16.99)
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We got a diesel car. They said diesel was better for the planet. Now it turns out it isn’t. Did we get a new car? No. I’m the kind of person who drives the Thunberg-Ernman family to weeping, swearing and book-writing. They’d rather have Trump.

“Everyone complains about his alternative facts, but we’re probably even worse than he is, because we fool ourselves that we’re doing good things for the environment ... Everyone is a climate-change denier.”

That’s Greta on politicians. Sweden, so long the place we’d have to invent if it didn’t exist, just to make us all feel better, comes off very badly. “We’ve got one of the biggest ecological footprints in the world per capita,” she says. “We’ve exported our emissions … no one talks about it.”

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